Our Patrons

judy-bailey-poloroidJudy Bailey

Judy Bailey is a writer and broadcaster living in Auckland. A broadcaster for nearly four decades, Bailey’s television career began with the NZBC in Christchurch in 1971. Her on screen partnerships with John Hawkesby and Richard Long are among the longest in national television history. She fronted primetime news for twenty six years, becoming one the most recognised faces in New Zealand.

Judy has long been an advocate for children. She has an enduring partnership with both World Vision, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Friends of Womens Refuge and most recently with Skylight.

She is the patron of North Shore Hospice, and of Seasons, a grief programme for children. Judy is also the deputy chair, trustee and presenter for the Brainwave Trust, an organization that brings the latest research in neuroscience, particularly as it applies to the years from conception to three, to those who work with children and young families.

She is married to television producer and director Chris Bailey, they have three children.

Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D.Bob Neimeyer-839-147

Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D. is a professor in the Psychotherapy Research Area of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has conducted extensive research on the topics of death, grief, loss, and suicide intervention.

Neimeyer has published 21 books, including Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss, Constructivist Psychotherapy, and Rainbow in the Stone, a book of contemporary poetry. The author of over 300 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences.

Neimeyer is the Editor of two respected international journals, Death Studies and the Journal of Constructivist Psychology, and served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Distinguished Research Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, elected Chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, designated Psychologist of the Year by the Tennessee Psychological Association, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given the Research Recognition Award by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Most recently, he has received the Robert Fulton Founder’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, Research and Service by the Center for Death Education and Bioethics and ADEC’s Clinical Practice Award for his contributions to grief therapy.
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